Saturday, January 1, 2011

Grilled Pork Chops with Sweet Potato Mash and Green Beans

2-4 thin, boneless pork chops
1 large sweet potato
3 tsp butter
¼ cup heavy whipping cream
2 large garlic cloves, minced, split
Sea salt
Freshly cracked black pepper
1-2 handfuls of fresh green beans, ends trimmed
Zest of 1 lemon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
½ onion, sliced

Peel and cube sweet potato. Steam potato until fork tender, about 15 minutes. Drain water from pot. In the same pot over medium heat, add cream, butter and one garlic clove. Stir until butter melts, allowing garlic to cook a little. Remove from heat. Add sweet potatoes and mash together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

In a medium frying pan, heat EVOO over medium high heat. Season pork with salt, pepper and sprinkle with half of lemon zest. Sear pork, browning both sides. Turn down heat, sprinkle with lemon juice and cook until no longer pink in the middle. Cooking time depends on thickness of chops. Remove pork from pan and sauté onion, scrapping up bits of pork.

In another frying pan over high heat, sauté one garlic in EVOO. Add green beans. Toss in EVOO and garlic. Sprinkle with the rest of lemon zest. Cover and cook until beans are soft to your liking.

Pate pork with sweet potato mash and green beans. Top with sautéed onions.

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